Bible Old Testament

Israelites Wander in the Wilderness

Next up in our trek through our Sunday School lessons in the  Old Testament we talked about the Israelites (who had left Egypt via the parting of the Red Sea) and were now grumbling and complaining as they wandered through the desert.

Israelites wander in the dessert after crossing of the red sea sunday school lesson with craft, games, songs, and more

Israelites Wander in the Wilderness

Gather Manna Activity

Scatter an entire bag of cotton balls around the room. Instruct the kids to collect as much of the manna as they would need to eat for a day. Tell them that God asked the Israelites to only collect what they needed for the day (or two days if the next day was the Sabbath).

In the wilderness, God provided for the physical needs of His people. God heard the complaints of the people and sent them food to eat. He provided for them so that they would know that He is God. The Israelites were instructed to only gather enough to eat each day.


Favorite foods Large Group Activity

Instruct the kids to stand the middle of the room. Designate one wall to be “I like it” and the other wall to be “I don’t like it.” Explain that you are going to call out different foods, and if the kids like that food they will run to the “I like it” wall. If they don’t like that food, they will run to the “I don’t like it” wall. Call out foods like the following:

  • lemons
  • birthday cake
  • ice cream
  • broccoli
  • eggplant
  • tuna sandwiches
  • chocolate
  • Brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • fried chicken

Manna & Quail Bible Craft for Kids

Israelites wander in the dessert God provides bible craft for sunday school lessons


  • brown paper bag
  • scissors
  • markers/crayon
  • Stapler or tape
  • Peep (per child)
  • Popcorn (1/2 cup per child)
Cut the top 2” (or more) off the top of the bag.  Decorate the bottom of the bag writing “God provides” on it.  With the top part,  cut it so it is a long piece and staple each side onto the side of the bag to make a handle.
Give each child 1 quail (Peep) and a small handful of Manna (popcorn). Remind them that the Israelites were only to take what they would need for their daily amount of food.

We also sang this song which we did as part of Group VBS a couple years ago. It goes perfectly with this song and has such great lyrics!

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: and

Leave a Comment